May 4, 2020
Yarmouth, ME – Summit Natural Gas of Maine (Summit) will donate $5,000 to Augusta Food Bank as part of the company’s COVID-19 relief efforts. The organization will use the donation to supply nutritional resources to community members in the Augusta area.
“Maine ranks 12th in The United States in food insecurity, a sobering statistic that doesn’t escape our community. Given the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Summit's generous support couldn’t have come at a better time in helping us to feed 350 households (750 people) every month and hand out 125+ Weekend KidsPaks (750 meals) every Thursday,” said, Bob Moore, Executive Director, Augusta Food Bank. “In addition to this wonderful monetary donation, we are grateful for Summit team member Alice Young's recent donation of handmade face masks for our staff and volunteers to use while delivering food to those in need. Thanks to Summit's support, the Augusta Food Bank continues to tackle an issue that many of us have never experienced - that of food insecurity.”
“Summit is proud to present this grant to Augusta Food Bank,” said Kurt Adams, Chief Executive Officer, Summit Utilities. “We understand that we are all in this together. The Augusta Food Bank plays a critical role in the Kennebec Valley area providing nutritious food to struggling Maine families and seniors who might otherwise go without during this unprecedented health crisis. Providing these resources is one way that we can support our customers and community members who are immediately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.”
The company has committed $20,000 overall to COVID-19 relief efforts in Maine. In addition to donating to the Augusta Food Bank, the company is also contributing to Falmouth Food Pantry, Waterville Food Bank, Southern Maine Area on Aging, and the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program.
On top of providing financial support to nonprofit organizations throughout its service territories, Summit has also suspended natural gas disconnections for nonpayment and is working with customers who may need payment assistance, arrangements, or extensions.